November 15, 2017
Two years ago Stone Temple Pilots announced the search for a new singer to take the place of their former vocalist, Chester Bennington. Now, they are finally back with a new lineup member, Jeff Gutt, whose voice we can hear in their new single, ‘Meadow’.
The group introduced Gutt and the new song to the audience last night, November 14, in Los Angeles and today ‘Meadow’ has been officially released. Listen to the track below.
The band’s original vocalist, Scott Weiland, was found dead on his tour bus in December, which was a combined effect of drug use and the singer’s cardiovascular disease. For two years (2013-2015) the band’s singer was Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. However, his work with Linkin Park took most of his time, so the Pilots had to look for a new vocalist again. Now, they are happy to announce Jeff Gutt as the band’s new voice, also known for his work with nu-metal band Dry Cell and as a two-time contestant on The X Factor.
The new track, ‘Meadow’, will land on the band’s new album, scheduled for release next spring. The group members believe that this single with Gutt marks a different path and sound for the Pilots. Dean DeLeo says: “We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy” (via Pitchfork).
And Gutt definitely excels at breathing in a new, deep shades to the band’s sound. The singer’s low, nasal, a bit cracky vocals remind of a whole array of singers at the same time yet shape the Pilots’ own distinguishable sound. There isn’t a reason why the band’s new member wouldn’t be loved and appreciated by fans. Gutt’s heartfelt delivery is also very likely to draw in a lot of new listeners to the group.
Enjoy the new song with Jeff Gutt on the vocals below and let us know which of the three band’s singers you prefer. Share your thoughts in the comments, and join AlteRock Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned for rock and metal news.